Stressful situations, to an extent, are generally unavoidable and dependent upon what the situation is, can be considered traumatic. We're learning more and more about the effects of trauma; how it directs neurological input, shapes behavior, and how all aspects impact physical and mental health. When stressful and traumatic issues arise, we feel incredibly helpless… Continue reading Reconstructing Resiliency: 5 Steps to Supporting Stressed Out Children
Self-Injury: Productive Tips for a Destructive Behavior
Originally published October 22, 2015 Self-Injury can be an overwhelming and confusing issue for those of us who work with children and adolescents who engage in this behavior. It is a scary behavior and one that is hard to wrap our minds around. Here are some tips on what to do, or not do, if/when… Continue reading Self-Injury: Productive Tips for a Destructive Behavior
Getting Back in the Swing: School, Schedules, & Other Snafus.
A new school year is nipping at our heels, and it's become noticeable. Feeling the pressure rise as school days get closer can be incredibly overwhelming. For everyone. Summer, for many of us, is a time for late bedtimes, vacations, and other fun activities that hopefully don't involve too many math facts or spelling words.… Continue reading Getting Back in the Swing: School, Schedules, & Other Snafus.
Avoid or Address? What to Tell Children When a Caregiver Becomes Incarcerated
Recently, I was following up with a parent who was completely lost regarding an event that took place with her family. Since my last session with her daughter, the other caregiver in the home was placed in jail awaiting arraignment and probably wouldn't be returning home in the near future. "How do I talk to her… Continue reading Avoid or Address? What to Tell Children When a Caregiver Becomes Incarcerated
Christmas Chaos: Keeping it Simple
Did you know there's something called The Christmas Effect? A decline in our overall well being can actually take place during the holiday season, despite moments of elevated moods. One very basic but important tip to get through the havoc the holiday season brings is to keep things simple. Other strategies and things to remember: 1.… Continue reading Christmas Chaos: Keeping it Simple
ADHD: Is it or not?
Recently I read a statistic that nearly 11% of children in this nation have been diagnosed with ADHD. That's almost 6.5 million kids!! As a clinician, I have to think that this is huge! Like something's-gone-awry huge because this is a dramatic increase in numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that… Continue reading ADHD: Is it or not?
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